Definition of own goal in US English:

own goal


  • (in soccer) a goal scored inadvertently when the ball is struck into the goal by a player on the defensive team.

    • ‘To add insult to injury the final goal was an own goal by the Abbey centre half.’
    • ‘Two of the TNR premier Division games last weekend saw the scoring open with own goals by the home team.’
    • ‘A team may win a game 5-1, but it can still score an own goal, have three yellow cards and a player sent off.’
    • ‘Who has scored the most own goals in English football history?’
    • ‘They also had two players sent off, a penalty awarded against them and scored an own goal.’


own goal

/ˌoʊn ˈɡoʊl//ˌōn ˈɡōl/